IN THE WAKE OF THE WEEK: After putting Rockets to bed, Warriors march on
Jeff Van Gundy called it “a very improbable win.”
Houston Rockets coach Mike D’Antonio comments, “They’re smart. This is why they have won rings. This one hurts. We did not do our best.”
Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr describes his team as a “historically good basketball team.”
The Warriors move on to Round 3. It was not easy. For the first time since November, 2012 Steph Curry was held scoreless in the first half. However, he shoots 60% in the second with 33 points. Twenty-three of those points are scored in the fourth quarter and 16 in the last 4 minutes. In the aftermath of this 118-113 conquest in Game 6, Curry comments, “We stay composed. This is the least we could do to have his (Ken Durant’s) back.”
Indeed, Durant was not even in the state of Texas after his right calf sprain. Yet, it was the Splash Brothers, Curry and Klay Thompson, who daggered the Rockets to 2019 extinction. All games were decided by six points or less. In the end, it was Golden State who got the job done. Chris Paul noted, “They made big-time plays when they had to.”
WARRIORS ROAR BACK: After taking Game 1, 116-94, Thursday night at Oracle was a nail biter. Golden State was down by 17 in the second quarter, and trailed, 65-50, at half. However, it set the stage for the second largest comeback in the NBA playoffs during the shot-clock era. The Dubs go on a 17-2 run with a swarming defense in the third. The stanza ends 89-89. However, the Portland Trailblazers come back with a 7-0 run. It looked like curtains for the Warriors. Never count them out. In the last 4:50 it is a 14-3 run. Draymond Green is huge on both sides of the ball. Andre Iguodala has a defensive stop at the end. It is an improbable 114-111 win as the Splash Brothers score an astounding 61 points.
DRAMA IN ST. LOUIS: The San Jose Sharks stole one against the Blues on Wednesday night. Down 4-3 with less than a minute to play, Logan Couture found the back of the net to tie the game at 4-4 on a goal-mouth scramble. Then, at 5:23 into overtime, Timo Meier desperately swatted the puck with his glove across the crease to Gustav Nyquist. In turn, he dished it to Eric Karlsson who one-timed it for the winning goal. St. Louis cried, “Hand Pass!” However, the officials on the ice missed it. They sought help from the War Room in Toronto, but were promptly told it was not a reviewable play. Game over! The Sharks took a 2-1 lead in games going into last night. Big game for 39 year-old Joe Thornton with two goals and an assist. Karlsson, for his efforts, netted two. They were his first goals since December 29.
DOUBLE DIP: Volleyball still reigns in Nevada County! The Bear River Bruins ride a first set win to take it in four in the D-III Sac-Joaquin Section championship. They outduel the Ripon Christian Knights. Led by Jace Rath with 24 kills, they get it done at Whitney High School. As if on queue, The Nevada Union Miners strike gold also. This one was reminiscent of the 2009 Sectional Championship vs. Granite Bay. Only this time, it was the Miners who went down two sets before surging back to a five-set victory. “It feels so amazing,” said senior Jordan Mills with 19 kills and three aces. It is the ultimate redemption for both teams in this unique conquest for our Nevada County schools.
A’S TO REMAIN IN OAKLAND: The Board of Port Commissioners voted 7-0 to approve development of 50 acres of Port property at Howard Terminal. This is the culmination of a year of negotiations between the Port and the Oakland A’s. New digs. A fresh home. A modern ballpark and sports complex. Whereas the City of Oakland has been rather ignorant as it pertains to professional sports, the Port Commission got it right. The Oakland Coliseum complex will be empty soon.
Jim Adams is a regular contributor to The Union. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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